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Journal Entry: Mon Feb 17, 2014, 4:44 PM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

I first off want to thank all of you for the thoughts and prayers you sent up for my  husband and I. I had stated that there was something going on that I couldn't talk about, but now I can! My husband now has a new job!!! He has been hired as a Business Analyst / Community Manager for Red Hat - the largest corporate contributor to Linux! I am so incredibly happy for him you just don't even know. I also have to admit I'm quite pleased at the income increase we're getting from this as well. I feel a lot less stressed about money now. :D

Things have really been falling into place, and I just couldn't be happier right now. We're moving to a new place in about three months. We actually think we've already found the perfect place to move to. It's basically a small town house with three bedrooms and three full bathrooms. So basically downstairs is a guest bedroom, guest bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, and an outdoor patio. Upstairs is two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. There is also a private balcony/patio coming off the master bedroom, and the bedrooms upstairs have walk-in closets. The place is about $100 more a month than where we are staying right now, but it is only about a mile away from where my husband will be working. It also decreases my drive to classes by a good 15 minutes and put his little sister (she lives with us) about a hop skip and a jump from her university. There are also a lot of stores, restaurants, cafes, museums, parks, etc nearby. At the same time I am also about 35 minutes from my parents instead of 45 minutes, so slightly closer.

Sadly we couldn't get a tour today like we wanted to because they didn't have any rooms available to show. We're still looking around just in case this place doesn't open up, but it really does seem quite ideal. I do love apartment / house hunting. :)

Also, Friday was my husband and I's 5 Year Wedding Anniversary! He bought me Within Temptation's new album "Hydra" which I love so far. I've been a fan of theirs for many years, and I simply love everything they do. Sharon is amazing! I'm thrilled there is a new album, and I have my hands on it. :D My husband also took me out to eat at a nice Italian restaurant where we shared an appetizer, entree, and dessert along with wonderful drinks. I had a sangria and a martini. He had beer. :laughing: After dinner we went to one of my favorite shopping centers and walked around for a bit before he took me to the theater and we watched the new "Lego Movie." It was surprisingly cute. At first I was like lame but about 1/3 of the way in I started enjoying it. The ending made the entire movie super precious. I recommend it if you haven't seen it yet. My husband and I ended the night by going to another restaurant where a friend of ours is the dessert chef. We shared a dessert and just sat and talked and laughed. It was a wonderful night, and I completely passed out when we got home.

That is pretty much what has been going on with me, though. How about you? Feel free to share how your weekend was with me. :D Other than that...

Stay Classy~!
Venus




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It's Snowing! + Pictures

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 12, 2014, 2:40 PM
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Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

It is snowing here, which in the southern part of the US is not a common occurrence, so yes we get excited by it. We've gotten more snow this year than we have in a long time. So enjoy some pictures I took of it today. :D

Some pictures of how things are looking so far in the location where I live:

NC Snow 2014 - Photo1 by TouchedVenus NC Snow 2014 - Photo2 by TouchedVenus NC Snow 2014 - Photo3 by TouchedVenus NC Snow 2014 - Photo4 by TouchedVenus

My pomeranian, Kyuubi:

NC Snow 2014 - Kyuubi1 by TouchedVenus NC Snow 2014 - Kyuubi2 by TouchedVenus NC Snow 2014 - Kyuubi3 by TouchedVenus

My husband, and my feet, LOL:

NC Snow 2014 - My Husband by TouchedVenus NC Snow 2014 - My Feet by TouchedVenus

Update on my neice's sugery: Because of the weather, her surgery has been delayed until February 20th. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.

Also, if you're affected by the snow storm as well, please be safe, warm, and enjoy it. :heart:

Stay Classy~!
Venus




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Photoshop Update Again + Thoughts and Prayers

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 12:53 PM
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Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

I'm continuing to try to keep everyone updated on the current status of my art programs, so here is the newest update.

I have a fix for the Photoshop problem, but the tech support fellow we spoke to has to email us the step by step instructions. We thought everything was working yesterday, but the program messed up again because my husband thinks he may not have quite fixed it correctly. He is going to review the email and work on it probably later tonight since he has a Warmachine game tonight, and I need to take him to buy him some new clothes. It looks like the problem is coming to an end, though, and should be resolved soon.

On to the health update: I'm doing better in regards to the pulled muscles in my neck. I still ache a little but nothing like I was. I can move around and do things, and that's what is important. Still having headaches from the crazy weather, but I'm fine there as well as long as I keep taking my vitamins and what not. We're supposed to be getting more snow either this evening or tomorrow. They are calling for about another 3 to 5 inches. The weather man keeps changing his mind, so I'm just waiting to see what happens. In either case, these fluctuating temperatures are to blame for my constant feelings of sickness lately.

Speaking of sickness, my sister's daughter is going in for surgery on Friday, and I'd like for everyone to keep her in their thoughts and prayers. She had pre-op yesterday morning, and then the actual surgery will be on Thursday. The procedure is to remove a cyst from a main artery in her wrist that has been causing her motor issues with her hands. Due to the cyst being on an important artery they have to be extra careful. They might have to shave the artery a little, but worse case scenario she has another artery that will still allow her hand to function. They are also cutting one of her ligaments for the carpal tunnel. She's really nervous, and we just want this to go as smoothly as possible. Depending on the weather and finances I may try to go down there to be with her and visit family. We'll see what happens, though.

There is one other thing going on right now that I can't openly talk about, but it's a really really good thing that is so far going really well. I just ask that you keep my husband in your thoughts and prayers as well. :heart:

Lastly, If you haven't seen it yet, I did post the sketch of the Year of the Horse piece I've been working on. I'm done with the sketch for now, and will probably sketch up something that will be late for Valentine's Day. You can see the New Year sketch here:

Sketch WiP - Year of the Wood Horse 2014 by TouchedVenus

And that's about all that's new in my life right now. I hope that you are all well, and having a lovely day. :)

Stay Classy~!
Venus




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Frozen Feature!

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 8:47 AM
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Frpzen Feature!


Hello and Welcome to another Venus Feature! This one is Disney's Frozen themed. Thank you to everyone who participated! There is a lot of gorgeous art this go around.

:star: NEXT FEATURE WILL BE: Hearts! In honor of Valentine's Day. Show the love! If you have art featuring HEARTS or know of some art by another person that you think I should feature, please comment below. :D I'll also be posting Forum Thread for this soon.

Enjoy the Disney's Frozen feature! And please be sure to favorite this journal to help yourself and others in this journal be seen. :aww:


The Art!


The Little Sister by mandiemanzano
The Snow Queen by mandiemanzano Anna by Professor-R Sitting Room Only by chelleface90 Prize: All Hail the Queen by ExplosiveCoffee
Hang Low The Mistletoe by chelleface90
Snow Queen Elsa by Yenni-Vu Frozen Beach by chelleface90 Sisters by chelleface90 Anna and Kristoff by chelleface90
:: Elsa the Snow Queen Wallpaper :: by Sangrde
:: Different but Same :: by Sangrde Let It Go by chelleface90 Do you wanna build a snowman ? by Nomingzombie Frozen: Fire and Ice by The-Kat-Warrior
Elsa by Professor-R
:: Elsa: Frozen Tears :: by Sangrde Let It Go by syolel-o3 The cold never bothered me anyway by Nomingzombie Snow Princess by Ninfheus




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Commissions List

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 8:23 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Commission Advertising - How To Get Featured


Would you like your commissions advertised by me? I'd love to help! I will advertise for you for a week! Keep reading for more details:

So what do you need to do?

:bulletred: Please send me a note with a link to your commission information, your price range, types of payment you accept, and three example pictures. (see form to fill out)
:bulletred: Once your note has been received I'll add you to the journal for ONE WEEK (to prevent overflow and to make sure all info is up to date).

Here is the form:
:bulletgreen: Username: (your username here)
:bulletgreen: Commission Info: (provide the link)
:bulletgreen: Price Range: (please state lowest to highest price you charge)
:bulletgreen: Payment: (please list the payment types that you accept)
:bulletgreen: Examples: (please provide THREE deviation examples of your commissions offered)

That pretty much covers it. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll answer you as quickly as I can. To see how commissions will be advertised, please see the ones I'm currently advertising below to use as your example. :)

Have a great day and I look forward to advertising for you!



FEATURED COMMISSIONS


:iconmachineking18: - MachineKing18
:bulletred: COMMISSION INFO: Literature Commissions - Note For Details
:bulletred: PRICE RANGE: Starting at 50 :points:
:bulletred: PAYMENT TYPE: PayPal or :points:
:bulletred: EXAMPLES:
Fighting for Diplomacy - Chapter one   In Ancient China, during the war between the kingdoms of Shu, Wu, and Wei is a family that will bring about great change to the kingdoms. This family travels the trading road created one hundred years ago during the Han dynasty, as nomadic merchants. The road that brought Western and Eastern nations together, starting with the trade of silk and spices, and spread to an exchange of religion, culture, ideas, and knowledge. The family stops at the start of a dry and dusty summer night, at a large camp with various groups of people, on the Southwestern outskirts of Shu. During this night in their ten foot-tall silk-and-leather domed dwelling, the family discuss the future of the kingdoms and their strong-willed, aggressive daughter.
    Standing, six feet tall, she looks to her Greek father and Chinese mother kneeling on their large, lavish silk cushions, proclaiming, “I will stop any violence in this chaotic war this country has plunge
Fighting for Diplomacy Chapter One Modern Version 
In the People’s Republic of China, during a civil war in the country, in the year 2025, is a family that will bring about great change to the country. This family traveling as tourist on an old trading route created two thousand years ago that influenced the people traveling on it and their cultures. On the western outskirts of the country, the family stops for the night along the highway route to sleep in local family house, during a dry and dusty night. The traveling family, during this night in this native family’s short and wide nomadic house, converse about the future of their strong-willed, over-assertive daughter.
 
         
 
            Standing six feet tall, the daughter looks to her Greek father and Chinese mother lounging on wood and metal chairs, proclaiming, “Whomever I find that wanting to join China’s government army or the United Force. I will forc
Dichotomy    HERO: VILLAN
  SOUL: BODY
                                                      IMAGINATION: REALITY
                                                                LIGHT: DARK
           IGNORANCE: UNDERSTANDING 
  INTOLERANCE: ACCEPTANCE
 
We created such social constructs.
We became those concepts.
We created more beliefs, customs.
We became folklores, mythologies, religions.
We can, will, and must break such a succession.
We are obliged to acknowledge, accept, and not abuse that we are DICHOTOMY.&

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:iconepicshadowdragon: - epicShadowdragon
:bulletred: COMMISSION INFO: [link]
:bulletred: PRICE RANGE:  5 USD - 30 USD, :points: also accepted / 1 USD = 100 :points:
:bulletred: PAYMENT TYPE: PayPal, :points:
:bulletred: EXAMPLES:
Pikachu by epicShadowdragon Miu by epicShadowdragon Abby by epicShadowdragon
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Groups List

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 8:22 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Groups Advertising - How To Get Featured


Would you like your group advertised by me? I'd love to help! I will advertise for you for a month! Keep reading for more details:

So what do you need to do?

:bulletred: Please send me a note with a link to your group's page, two to three sentences about the group and its purpose, link to group rules, info on quality and quantity control, confirm if art is auto accepted, and five examples of art accepted by the group. (see form to fill out)
:bulletred: Once your note has been received I'll add you to the journal for ONE MONTH (to prevent overflow and to make sure all info is up to date).

Here is the form:
:bulletgreen: Group Name: (your group's name here)
:bulletgreen: Group Link: (provide the link to your group)
:bulletgreen: Group Info: (please write two to three sentences about the group and its purpose)
:bulletgreen: Group Rules: (please provide a link to your group's rules)
:bulletgreen: Quality Control: (quick quality rules - allow sketches? allow unfinished works? only allow certain skill level?)
:bulletgreen: Quantity Control: (what is the deviation post limit for the group?)
:bulletgreen: Art Auto-Accepted?: (is the art auto accepted or does it have to be reviewed first?)
:bulletgreen: Examples: (please provide FIVE deviation examples of the art accepted in this group)

That pretty much covers it. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll answer you as quickly as I can. To see how groups will be advertised, please see the ones I'm currently advertising below to use as your example. :)

Have a great day and I look forward to advertising for you!



FEATURED GROUPS


:icondragonsandelves: - DragonsandElves [permanent advertisement]
INFORMATION: A group for lovers of dragons, elves, dragon anthro, the elf-like, dragon-elf hybrids, and dragon morphers!  Monthly features are updated on a regular basis along with contest and commission advertisements.
GROUP RULES: [link]
QUALITY CONTROL: Only Finished Works; All Skill Levels Accepted
QUANTITY CONTROL: Limit of 5 Deviations a Day
ART AUTO-ACCEPTED?: No, all art must first be reviewed before acceptance
SOAH - Totem Spirit by PetiteLilen Look into my eyes by Azzedar-san Monster by Lienwyn Your Angel by karla-chan The Butterfly House by LillyKitten


:iconcarolinaanimeartists: - CarolinaAnimeArtists [permanent advertisement]
INFORMATION:A group for anime/manga, anthro, and cartoon/comic styled artists from the states of North Carolina and South Carolina! Monthly features and convention information updated on a regular basis along with contest and commission advertisements.
GROUP RULES: [link]
QUALITY CONTROL: Only Finished Works; All Skill Levels Accepted
QUANTITY CONTROL: Limit of 5 Deviations a Day
ART AUTO-ACCEPTED?: No, all art must first be reviewed before acceptance
AT: Color by Gokai-Chibi Out Of The Shadows by Jremy-Alexandria Chibi Anna by Paprika-Studios Character Revamp by celestrialdarkmoon Chibi Jasmine by Paprika-Studios

:iconfictionforge: - FictionForge [advertisement expires May 15th, 2014]
INFORMATION: We provide the elements, you provide the masterpiece. Fiction Forge challenges artists and writers to create stories from a random set of literary elements and either write or illustrate them. We also encourage them to share their own story projects for others to behold.
GROUP RULES: [link] [link] [link]
QUALITY CONTROL: Only Finished Works; All Skill Levels Accepted
QUANTITY CONTROL: Three (3) deviations a day for personal pieces, one (1) deviation per challenge or contest
ART AUTO-ACCEPTED?: No, all works are reviewed for quality and compliance to the group rules.
Pandora's Contract by Tevarro Resist Temptation by Kuiji Cries in the Night by irriKUN The Dragon's Doll by Tevarro The Sacrifice by Kuiji


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Contest List

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 8:21 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Contest List - How Does This Work?


Would you like your contests advertised by me? I'd love to help! All you have to do is comment below or send me a note, and I will advertise for you! Keep reading for more details:

So what do you need to do?

:bulletred: Please send me a NOTE (or comment below) with the below form filled out for your contest. (form is below)
:bulletred: Once your note has been received and all information confirmed, I'll add you to the journal.

Here is the form:
:bulletgreen: Username: (your username here)
:bulletgreen: Name of Contest: (provide name of contest and link to more info)
:bulletgreen: Contest Theme: (please state the theme for the contest)
:bulletgreen: Prizes: (please list the main prizes - not detailed just a general idea)
:bulletgreen: Deadline: (please provide the deadline for your contest)

That pretty much covers it. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll answer you as quickly as I can. To see how contests will be advertised, please see the ones I'm currently advertising below to use as your example. :)

Have a great day and I look forward to advertising for you!


APRIL 2014 CONTESTS


:icontmntcontests:
April Theme Challenge:Canon Friends: [link]
Contest Theme: Fanart or Fanfiction depicting canon friends from any universe of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Prizes: :points:, Feature, and Official Stamp
Deadline: April 30th, 2014



MAY 2014 CONTESTS


:iconnikhero:
Cash Prize Contest!: [link]
Contest Theme: Draw the 2 main characters (Vhaidra and Hypo) in any scene inspired from the short story posted at vhaidraandhypo.blogspot.com/
Prizes: $100,00USD
Deadline: May 01st, 2014

:iconocartists:
OCArtists: Spring Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Springtime: Draw your own original character and incorporate the spring season.
Prizes: :points: DA points, Features, Interview, artwork
Deadline: May 01st, 2014

:iconcatapultedcarcass:
Masters of Misconduct Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Depict a true master of one of three categories; Thievery, Assassination or Piracy
Prizes: deviantART Premium Membership
Deadline: May 01st, 2014

:iconnaruleiin:
Naru's Little Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Draw Naii and Sanae meeting for the first time. Include one of the following: a dreamcatcher, dragonfruit, seetrough umbrella, or tuna
Prizes: Art, :points:, Feature
Deadline: May 05th, 2014

:iconworldwar-tori:
Cupcakes and Cookies Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Cupcakes & Cookies - still life photography / culinary arts
Prizes: subscription, :points:, badges [cake & llama], art, commissions, critiques, features
Deadline: May 15th, 2014

:icondeusaetheros:
The Second Character Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Draw the character(s) belonging to DeusAetheros
Prizes: :points:, Art
Deadline: May 26th, 2014



JUNE 2014 CONTESTS


none at the moment



JULY 2014 CONTESTS


none at the moment



AUGUST 2014 CONTESTS


:iconminakomori:
Design My Oc's Armor Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Armor Designs for Chieftess Archer
Prizes: DA Premium Membership / :points: (To Be Updated Upon Prize Donations)
Deadline: August 01st, 2014



SEPTEMBER 2014 CONTESTS


none at the moment



OCTOBER 2014 CONTESTS


:iconcryinganarchy:
Halloween 2014 Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Using Halloween theme, draw or write about the OCs belonging to cryingAnarchy
Prizes: :points: / USD, dA Premium Membership, Art (See [link] for more! Prize donors can also join the contest!)
Deadline: October 27th, 2014


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Update on the Adobe and SAI Problems

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 9, 2014, 11:47 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

I'm continuing to try to keep everyone updated on the current status of my art programs, so here is the newest update.

The issue I'm having with SAI is in regards to the file type. The problem is a common occurrence in SAI, and there is a work around for my issue, but it requires me to have Photoshop working because my files are .PSD and not .SAI. I can't change it to a .SAI without starting over from scratch, and I'm not starting over from scratch on my commissions.

In the mean time, I can still save by doing a screen capture, it just messes up the quality a little. My plan is to finish as much as I can in SAI (all I have left on both commissions for Whovian Hobbit and WildCharmander is to complete the coloring) and then do a screenshot. I won't be able to provided a proper finished product until Photoshop is fixed.

On to Photoshop, I can't get the program fixed until Monday. Adobe is aware of the problem we are having and apparently it is a known issue that they are currently working on creating a resolution for. The department that we have to talk to, though, apparently doesn't work on the weekends despite Adobe saying they provide 24/7 assistance. Apparently that is only for the CSR department, and we are working with the Tech department. In any case we'll find out what happens tomorrow, and I'll update you once more.

As I've said before:

I'm not currently looking to add any new programs to my computer at this time, though. I'm comfortable with the set up I have, and I don't really have the time to sit down and adjust to a new program no matter how similar it is to what I have. I know this issue will be resolved sooner than later. I'll consider other options when I know for certain the ones I have are unable to be repaired.

Art program issues aside, I'm still not feeling 100%. I managed to pull muscles in my upper back between my neck and shoulders. I think I did it in my sleep. My husband has been massaging out the knots, and I have a heated pad on it plus taking pain pills. I can't afford to get muscle relaxers, and I'm out of the ones I had, so I'm just working with what I have. I feel much better than I did yesterday, but there is still lingering pain. I should be fine by tomorrow, though.

I'm also still dealing with the sickness from before, too, but it's more a lingering nuisance than being debilitating.

On a happier note, I've been working on my belated New Year piece in my sketchbook. I'm extremely happy with how the sketch is turning out, and I look forward to when my program issues are resolved so that I can scan it in and complete it. I'd do this after my commissions, of course. I've been working on it slowly off and on when I've been travelling around with my husband and was away from a computer. I might try to take a photo of it when the sketch is complete so you can see it.

And that's about all that's new in my life right now. I hope that you are all well, and having a lovely day. :)

Stay Classy~!
Venus




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I Swear It's Always Something

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 7, 2014, 11:10 AM
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Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

More sad news in regards to my art. SAI has been acting up, and won't let me save. It's always screaming about errors. I didn't look into it last night because I was tired and couldn't be bothered, but I'll be looking into that today. My tablet is also fritzing a little. There is a delay between what I do and when it appears on the screen. This is very annoying. I've had the tablet for about four or five years, though. Maybe it's just time for another one. My work around for now is doing what I can in SAI, saving the PSD since it is still letting me do that, and then doing a screen capture and cropping the image in MS Paint. I swear if it isn't one thing it's something else all the time. It'll all be okay, though. I just want to finish coloring these commissions. Is that so much to ask?

I'm not looking to add any new programs to my computer at this time, though. I'm comfortable with the set up I have, and I don't really have the time to sit down and adjust to a new program no matter how similar it is to what I have. I know this issue will be resolved sooner than later. I'll consider other options when I know for certain the ones I have are unable to be repaired.

We're also certain it's not the computer itself causing the problems. Everything else works fine, and my husband who works on and with computers for a living as well has thoroughly examined my computer for any issues.

I also had a temporary relapse into sickness yesterday, so I'm continuing to take medication and vitamin boosts. I feel okay today aside from potential womanly problems hopping in for a visit. The headaches and dizziness I've been getting really zap my energy and concentration, though.

On a lighter note, I nearly had myself knocked out / stabbed yesterday. I know that doesn't sound funny, but trust me it was. My husband was working on his sister's car and had come inside to get some tools. While he was digging around in the foyer storage closet, I walked up behind him and proceeded to quietly and patiently wait for him to finish so I could give him a hug. When he turned around and saw me standing there he immediately panicked, made a crazy "Hnnnng!" kind of noise like something gave him the willies, and barely stopped himself from assaulting me with a screwdriver. He said his first impulse was to attack because his brain registered me as one of those creepy Japanese ghost women with the way I was standing there. Of course he realized it was his wife fast enough to stop any damage, and we ended up just laughing about it. I laughed so hard my sides hurt.

That's what he gets for all those times he's stood behind me like a ninja without saying a word just waiting for me to turn around and scream. I swear I thought he realized I was there, though. :XD:

We also got snow flurries last night. None of it stuck to the ground, but it was pretty watching it fall in the evening lamp lights. :)

That's about all with me at the moment. I hope you're all doing great. :)

Stay Classy~!
Venus




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A Little Self Reflection + Moving Forward

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 6, 2014, 11:42 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

I've decided that since Adobe is being such a pain that I will be trying to focus on producing work solely in SAI for the time being. I've been using SAI for a while, but I'm still not 100% familiar with the program. I've got a bunch of good resources on hand, and since last night I've been reviewing and more thoroughly familiarizing myself with the program. I feel good about it, so I can start churning artwork again. I don't like not having anything new in my gallery. LOL

What I'd like to have done is my entire Art Owed list cleared out before the end of March. Then I'll have two months to work on new commissions and breathe a little before I start churning out new comic pages for Grimoire Rose in June. This is how things would end up if they all run perfectly. Of course, I realize my plans notoriously get monkey-wrenched, so I'll just be doing the best I can with what I have and with my ideal situation in mind.

In other news, I'm finally getting a proper music studio! I've had audio equipment donated to me, and I have pretty good music recording programs, too. Right now I just need to set aside some time to experiment with the set-up. The intention is that I'll be doing some song covers and posting them on my currently empty youtube channel.

I know a lot of you guys don't know it, but yes I sing. A little background info on me for those who are new:

I used to perform a lot when I was younger in choirs and competitions. I've been scouted a few times as well, but mostly when I was younger and still performing publicly. My parents never would let it go any further than that, though because they didn't want me to be involved in secular activities. My parents are extremely conservative Christians. I'm personally more liberal, but that's a different discussion to be had. All through school I was always in advanced / honors choir. I participated in the All-County and All-State choirs, too, and the summer before my senior year of High School I was selected to be a part of the choir in the Governor's School program. I actually met my now husband at the program. He was a part of the orchestra playing the bassoon. He can also play the tenor saxophone and just about any instrument he decides to put time into. He is a truly talented individual.

I also took a couple years of piano after my parents realized I could play by ear. Basically, I can hear music and figure out how to play it without seeing the music sheet. I can also sing and play at the same time which requires decent coordination ability. In fact, my first piano recital is how I got a free piano. The man simply required that I perform him a song and it would be mine. I still have that old upright, but it's a bit out of tune now and very old. LOL

My senior year of high school they built a new Creative Arts building with a 4 million dollar theatrical stage. To celebrate our music and drama teacher purchased the rights for us to be able to perform Broadway's The Wizard of Oz. I scored the role of Dorothy, and it was like a dream for me to perform on stage in this role. We did several performances publicly, and we also did a private performance for the elementary students which was incredibly heart warming, and I would do it again just for the kids. Funny enough, I twisted my ankle on the second performance, but I was stubborn and went through with all the performances anyway. Thankfully my doctor was in the audience at the time, so he came back stage after the accident and fixed me up. I think the only thing that saved me was the guy playing the Scarecrow tightened his grip on me when I fell through a weakened board on the yellow brick road. We kept going like nothing happened. The show must go on! It was an exciting year for me.

I graduated in 2003 and went straight to Music School at East Carolina University. I was a Performance Major. I was even given a solo my freshman year, which apparently was uncommon or so I was told. Unfortunately, my sickness put everything to a halt. I ended up caving under the sickness and had to take a medical withdrawal from college before my sophomore year. This sent me into a spiral of bad mistakes and life choices. I even reached a point of being suicidal. I call it a sickness because that's what it is, but I had been diagnosed with severe clinical depression at the age of 17. It's common for teenagers to be depressed, but I do not wish for anyone to go through the battle that I fought. There were things going on my life that were not good despite all the visible good on the surface. Underneath the limelight and in the shadows I dealt with the darkness of abuse and had myself put into situations that no one at my age should have ever been put through. It happened, and I can't change it. I thank God every day for the man I married because if it wasn't for him I guarantee to you that I would NOT be alive right now.

I went through years of therapy and was bounced from one doctor to the next. It wasn't until around 2006-2007 that I started truly recovering. Though I had been diagnosed at 17 years of age, the problems I had were deep seeded from infancy. You can't expect someone who has experienced 20 years of abuse (mostly mental, but there was a little physical as well) to suddenly be okay with a couple therapy sessions. I turn 30 this year, and I still have moments of relapse. I was a freak. I wasn't normal. I was stupid. I was an animal. I was an outcast. I've been shoved off a piano by a grown man. I've been grabbed by the hair of my head and thrown to the ground because I didn't respond the way I was expected to. I've been physically beaten by peers for being different. I've been accused of wrong doings that I didn't do. I've been made responsible for my parents' careers. If I made even the most minor of a mistake I was held accountable to a degree I never should have been.

It didn't matter that was I was #9 in my class academically. It didn't matter that I always tried my hardest, and did my best in everything that I was put to. It didn't matter that I only ever did my best to treat people with respect, love, and kindness. It didn't matter that I just wanted to be myself and like the things that I wanted to like. I didn't (and still don't) want to be anyone but myself.

This is barely scratching the surface, and I know I'm not alone, but it doesn't make it okay.

I was unable to move forward with my life and chase my dreams because of the pain and fear that had been so heavily instilled in me. It didn't help that women in my family are prone to anxiety disorders. In fact, I think every woman immediately related to me is on anxiety medication, and have also experienced some type of mental and/or physical abuse from people we knew and maybe even trusted. It's like we're targeted.

2007 - Starting To Recover A Little
2008 - Patrick proposed to me.
2009 - Patrick and I were married... and life was suddenly becoming brighter

This man is my hero. He has been the most supportive, the most understanding, the most forgiving, and the most loving of anyone I have ever cared for - family included. Next Friday he and I will have been married for Five Years~ :heart:

My schooling has been slow, but I am back in college and trying to get my certificates for Graphic Design. He's paying for all of my education. He got me all of my art programs and just recently the music program I'm so happy about. He's helping me pick out songs to record, and pointing out places I can go to get my voice back in shape since I haven't performed in several years except for singing around the house and occasionally doing a solo at church. When I get the money, I'd like to go back to getting voice and piano lessons. I'm rusty on both. I want to get a new piano or at least a proper piano length keyboard. He's also been practicing his acoustic guitar again so he can play with me while I sing.

I turn 30 this year, and I'm just now finally feeling like my life is getting started and I'm finally moving forward, and letting go of the past. I never want to forget what has happened to me, but I want those experiences to be there so I remember why I can be strong now. I know why I am finally confident. I know that my past doesn't define me, but what I choose to do here and now.

My husband is currently in the process of getting us into a better financial situation, so please keep us in your prayers there. Also, I am EXCITED about being back in music again since it's played such a massive role in my life, and I would feel lost without it. And I'm full of inspiration for future pictures that I want to draw for you. I want so much to fill the world with music and color~ They are my passion, and through them I feel free.

When I finally get recordings and video up on youtube, I'll be letting you guys know. I hope you'll enjoy what is put together. I'm planning on doing a bunch of music covers from movies at the start. So far I have the following planned:

:bulletred: Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)
:bulletred: Let It Go (Frozen)
:bulletred: My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
:bulletred: La Seine (Monster in Paris)
:bulletred: Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (Phantom of the Opera)
:bulletred: I See The Light (Tangled) - with a special guest singing Flynn's lines
:bulletred: Reflection (Mulan)
:bulletred: Somewhere Out There (An American Tail)
:bulletred: Flying Dreams (The Secret of NIMH)
:bulletred: Beauty and the Beast

If you'd like to make suggestions, please let me know! I would love to perform some things you'd enjoy hearing. :)

As for Art, I'm bound and determined to get those two commissions I owe finished before the end of day on Sunday. So keep your eyes peeled for more art!

And thank you if you read all my self reflecting rambling. That became much longer than intended, but I guess it's been on my mind and wanted it off my chest. You guys are awesome!

Stay Classy~!
Venus




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Art On Hold + Been Sick + Photoshop is Broken

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 5, 2014, 9:12 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Personal Update


Hey guys,

How are you? We survived Winter Storm Leon over here in my next of the woods. The snow stayed around for several days, too, and has just recently gone away except for in a few spots where it's all piled up. One of the maintenance guys for our apartments mentioned that there is supposed to be more snow this Monday, though. I'm a little doubtful and will wait until I see it. :XD: It doesn't snow a great deal around here, but we are scheduled for lots of precipitation this coming week.

I'm still having trouble with my Adobe programs, so no art will be posted for a while until I get that fixed. I'm doing as much as I can in Paint Tool SAI, but I can't make the adjustments in it that I want to make before posting. Those I always do in Photoshop. It seems the issue I'm having is extremely common, but no resolution has been found as of yet. My husband works with computers and programs for a living, but he's going to be contacting Adobe again sometime today. He's done as much as he can without them at this point. The few times he's talked to them they've been rather useless, but he's hoping he can get a hold of the actual technical side this go around instead of getting run around the bush by a basic CSR.

In the mean time as I've already mentioned, I'll be doing as much as I can in SAI and getting pencil sketches prepped to go in for digital work for when Adobe is back up and running for me.

At the moment I'm focusing on wiping out my To Do List, but once it is cleared out I'll be opening commissions back up again. Hopefully this will be sooner than later, but I don't want to start on anything new until this list is done. I'm tired of it haunting me. I'm also tired of things continuously getting in my way of completing work.

If something isn't broke, I'm sick and bed ridden. If I'm not sick, I'm dealing with family issues. It's an endless circle. I've been sick again (not right now, I've recovered), but I caught a nasty flu that was running around here last week. It knocked me out cold. I was so medicated trying to recover I could hardly see straight. I ended up sleeping through most of it. I'm fine now, though. Completely recovered. :nod:

And that's pretty much all that is going on with me right now. How are you?




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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 28, 2014, 5:16 PM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Personal Update


Hey guys,

How are you? I'm freezing. LOL I'm currently experiencing Winter Storm Leon. It's been snowing for about three hours and we've already got complete ground cover, and it's still going. It's supposed to snow all night and into tomorrow morning. Nothing too serious, but people in the south aren't used to this kind of weather so we are guaranteed to have a few looneys about. Hence, I'm going to be careful anyway. If you're also affected by Winter Storm Leon, you be careful, too. :heart: I have to admit, the snow is exceptionally pretty, though. I love this kind of weather, myself. It's good for hot chocolate and snuggling.

In sadder news, Adobe is giving me issues with my programs. My husband has been talking to them, but they are some of the most unhelpful people I've ever encountered. Bascially I'm on the Creative Cloud, and all of my programs will shut off immediately after being opened. Two of them have stated that it is a licensing problem. I just want to bang my head on the desk because this is stopping me from completing anything. It seems like every time I think I'm going to make headway something like this happens. We're taking a break this evening from fussing with Adobe and will tackle dealing with them again tomorrow. In the mean time I apologize to everyone who is waiting on art from me. My hands are tied.

However, I do have Paint Tool SAI which I use for coloring and line art. I just do all my finalization work in Adobe Photoshop. I could post work finished using only SAI, but I don't like those works as much as I do the ones I also take through Photoshop. I only want to give my best work, so please be patient.

On a happier note, I'm probably going to be opening up a photography account on here soon. I've always liked photography, but I haven't messed with it a bit. My husband (lordpenguinman) does photography as a hobby, and he's been letting me play around with his DSLR. It's a Nikon. I've already taken some pictures of Durant Park yesterday, and some snow pictures today. We're heading back out to Durant tomorrow to get snow pictures as well. I'll let you know when the account is built so all those interested in seeing photography from me can follow. :)

And that's pretty much all that is going on with me right now. How are you?

Oh, and just as a heads up I'm cleaning my watchlist. Anyone who hasn't been active in the past 6 months (meaning no art or journals) I'm removing from my list. Removing inactive people makes it easier for me to keep up with my watchlist. Thank you for understanding. :heart:




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Late January Personal Status Update

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 25, 2014, 12:49 PM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Personal Update


Hey guys,

I just wanted to give you a quick update to let you know I'm still about. I'm just a little quieter than usual because I've been trying to focus more on artwork. I've been making head way on things and you should see my last two commissions posted before January ends. At least that is my goal, and I'm close to it because all I have left is coloring on both of them.

I'm also working on a belated New Year / Year of the Horse piece featuring my character Anna whom you've not really seen yet. She's kind of a redesign and re-purposed version of Anika.

(in the green dress)

And I also have a new chibi of Xyza coming because I did a doodle of her that I really liked and decided to color. :B

SD: Chibi Xyza Wolf by TouchedVenus GR: Xyza Wolf by TouchedVenus

Aside from that I've been learning more about Dreamweaver, and I've started learning how to use Illustrator and Flash. :B Once I get a handle on them I will probably be using them more often.

In the Entertainment department, I've been replaying Suikoden III since I never actually beat it. I made it to like the fourth or fifth chapter, but never quite finished. I couldn't remember where I was, though, since it's been such a long time, so I decided to replay it from the beginning. I forgot how much I loved this game. I wonder why I stopped. Yuber is a sexy beast. :heart:

Contest Prize : Yuber by mooning321 ~ Yuber :love:

Also, I finally started reading the "A Song of Ice and Fire" novel series. I'm currently on the first book, "A Game of Thrones." I'm completely up to date on the tv series, though, and looking forward to the next season. :la:

Oh, and I'm also trying to get caught up on Claymore. I've seen the entire anime, and I'm caught up in the manga to where it and the anime deviate from each other. I loved the anime so much and really wanted to know what happens next, so definitely taking time to enjoy that right now.

Other than that I've been playing catch up on tv shows I follow, too. Specifically "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland," "Sleepy Hollow," "Supernatural," and "Sherlock" are the ones I'm behind in. I'm not TOO far behind, but far enough behind.

And that's the update on my life. I'm finally adjusted to the new schedule, and waiting to see what's going to be happening with my husband's job situation. If things go according to plan, we'll be moving in April / May of this year to another location. We're also talking about putting funds aside to be able to buy our own house, a second car (second-hand), and once those are in order to take the next step in starting a family, but how soon this starts will depend on what happens in the coming weeks. Please keep us and this situation in your thoughts and prayers. Things are looking up for us in a good way, and I'd like to continue in this direction.

But yeah, I'm very happy right now. How is life going for you? :D

--Venus

PS - While the comment / critique thread I posted is closed, I'm going through and responding to people when I can. Once I get everyone in the thread replied to, I'll open a new one. Sorry for the slow responses <3


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Year of the Horse Feature!

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 6, 2014, 6:43 PM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Year of the Horse Feature!


Hello and Welcome to another Venus Feature! This one is Horse themed because 2014 just so happens to be the Year of the Horse! To be more specific it's the year of the WOOD horse. I just decided to feature horse works in general, though, for this feature. Hope you enjoy it below, and Happy New Year! :D

:star: NEXT FEATURE WILL BE: Disney's Frozen! I've been seeing a lot of people doing lovely fan art for it, and since I personally adored the movie I feel a feature is in order. If you have art featuring any of the characters from Frozen or know of some art by another person that you think I should feature, please comment below. :D I'll also be posting Forum Thread for this soon.

Enjoy the Year of the Horse feature! And please be sure to favorite this journal to help yourself and others in this journal be seen. :aww:


The Art!


Children Of The Storm by Fable-Art
Child Jessie by MoonchildinTheSky DreamScape by Cameil Showjumper Warmblood by mathaku Bay Stallion (first attempt at colored pencils) by mathaku
Clearwater Valley by od1e
Shalin by lantairvlea Fell Pony Stallion by mathaku Connemara Pony - Dressage Training by mathaku German Riding Pony stallion by mathaku
Strutting His Stuff by lantairvlea
the knights horse by themagpiesnest Pegasus by Fuee Horse Portrait by mathaku Connemara Pony Jumping by mathaku
Chibi Ponita Amigurumi by LeFay00
New Freinds by Cameil Robot unicorn redemption by Adder-Snake-Bite Freedom Show: Jazza by Ani-Sempai Jingle All The Way by Bethany-sensei




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How To Interact With Me

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 2, 2014, 3:05 PM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

How To Interact With Me


It drives me nuts. I actually really want to look at and comment on all of your art. I want to read and comment on your journals. I want to interact with you. Unfortunately there are over 2,400 of you and only one of me. ;3; So since I can't possible take care of the things I need to with real life, plus college, plus art AND trying to comment on your things I'm going to be backing off a bit in that regard. You probably remember those polls I did a few days back.

So this is how it's going to be with me from now on:

:star: I'll be mostly focusing on art and doing my usual journal updates.

:star: Once a week I'll post a forum allowing you to choose three deviations you want me to see. I will try my best to look at and comment on at least one from each of you that posts to the forum. <3 I'll also allow you to ask for critique on the forum if you wish for it from me.

:star: In regards to journals: If you have a contest or commissions you want me to advertise for you, please see these following journals HERE and HERE which I regularly update.

:star: If you or someone you know is in desperate need of help, please either send me a note or comment HERE. I want to try to help or at least use my audience size to help you get the attention you need.

:star: I always reply to comments and notes as quickly as I can, and I'm more than willing to answer any questions you may have. If there is anything I haven't mentioned above, just know that you can also just send me a message if there is something you want me to check out. Please save the art for when I post the forum, though. ^^; It just makes it easier for me to keep things organized.

And I think that pretty much covers how things are going to work. If I've forgotten something you think I should add, please let me know. :nod:

I will still look at your art, but please forgive me that outside of the forum if I fave your work it's probably going to be a fave and run. ^^; If I fave it means I really really love it! :D I just can't think of what to say at the moment or I'm kind of busy and just trying to stay on top of my messages.

Love you guys, and thank you for being understanding! <3

--Venus


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Happy New Year 2014!

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 1, 2014, 8:14 PM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Happy New Year 2014!


Happy New Year Darlings!

What are your resolutions for this year?

Mine are to finish my art to do list and complete more art this year than I did last year, finish all of my college semesters for this year with high scores, and just be overall healthier and happier. :aww:

I hope that 2014 is a great year for year full of positive changes and growth. :heart: And in the mean time check out all this awesome art that I found that was posted for the New Year! :D

New Year selfie by meago Happy New Year~ by temiji Happy new year by unicornchen Amour sucre - Happy new year by FlyingDragon04 Happy New Year 2014 ~ by YuruiKarameru ::Happy New Year 2014:: by Marufu-san Happy New Year by syh3iua83 Happy New Year! by Lukaneta Happy new year! by Br0ps Let This Year Also Be Filled With Color by RiyokuSakimori

Love Always,
Venus :rose:


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A Few Tips On Maintaining Your Gallery

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 29, 2013, 1:32 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

A Few Tips On Maintaining Your Gallery


Something that many artists on this site struggle with is getting their work seen, but what they don't realize is that people are stopping by but when seeing a gallery that isn't properly maintained most will lose interest and wander off to the next deviant. I just wanted to give some quick tips on what you can do to maintain your gallery and hopefully get people to linger there a wee bit longer.

Mostly, I want to address Quality over Quantity in your gallery. People want to see your completed works and the pieces you are most proud of in your gallery. These are the pieces that are most attractive to visitors of your page. Here is what I do with my gallery and if you like the idea I recommend you try it out or modify this method to fit your own agenda:

:star: Any sketches or linearts I have I 90% of the time immediately put into my scraps. These are not completed works or works I haven't done my best with, so I don't really want them in my main gallery.

:star: Now I have a lot of works that are completed in my main gallery, but what to do with the featured gallery that people see first? I usually display 20 pieces that I want people to see that I think will attract them. Generally I keep my top five most popular pieces over my stay on dA, my five newest pieces, and then 10 pieces I think I've done really well on over the past year and no older. This way people see an up to date quick overview of my gallery.

:star: Another important tip I think should be kept in mind is HOW MUCH you post on a daily basis. Generally I recommend never going over 2-3 deviations a day. An overload of deviations entering your viewer's inbox might cause them to turn off deviations from you entirely or even unwatch you, and you don't want that.

:star: But you have a whole bunch of stuff you want to share with your watchers and you want to post them so badly! I understand that. I have two suggestions for you. The first is to pick your best pieces from the stack (about 2-3 at most if you're posting in one day) and post the rest in what is called an Art Dump. This is one deviation that has a collection of things you've been working on. An example of one of my Art Dumps can be seen here:

Sketch Dump 11.13.2013 by TouchedVenus

:star: My second suggestion would be to use the SCHEDULE option that we now have during deviation upload. Upload your image, but don't submit! Look in the upper right corner and you'll see a button that says "Schedule." Clicking on this button allows you to give a date and time for the image to go online to the public. Use this to spread out when your work is posted to prevent flooding your viewers if you don't want to do the all-in-one Art Dump.

Just making these few changes I believe you will see a difference in how people approach you and your work and for the good. Thanks for reading, and I hope you find this helpful. :D

Love Always,
Venus :rose:


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Belated Christmas Feature

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 28, 2013, 1:06 PM
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Christmas Feature!


Many apologies that this feature is up later than intended! I've been super busy with family being down for Christmas and what not. In any case, I hope you all had a great Christmas and that you'll enjoy the below feature! :D

:star: NEXT FEATURE WILL BE: Horse Themed in honor of 2014 being the Year of the Horse! If you have art featuring horses or horse anthro or know of some art by another person that you think I should feature, please comment below. :D

Enjoy the Christmas feature! And please be sure to favorite this journal to help yourself and others in this journal be seen. :aww:


The Art!


Holiday Spirit by VxSapphire
Juvia Sexy Christmas by bardiel66 Christmas Bag by vladstudio A Gingerbread Christmas First Try by Amarie-Veneanar Look at the pretty lights... by Reenie-La
Merry Christmas 2012 by WorldWar-Tori
Solstice by Xiraus Christmas Card! by tanikel Commission:  - Verin Furrel - bad santa by Dark-SpectrumDS christmas card by Gadox
Merry Christmas! by Enola-Jay
Merry Christmas 2013 by Rayaroja Christmas Mouse by ankewehner Christmas Contest- If I Could 'Freeze' Time by Serii-Chan Merry Christmas by FlabnBone
::j i n g l e:: by WorldWar-Tori
Satan Clause by Vusiuz Christmas pic for Swinbop by EmiliAlys Santa's little helper by Nomingzombie Elsa(merry christmas) by Samnosca




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Tagged Twice - Are You Next?

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 28, 2013, 12:34 AM
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TAG #1


Tagged by :iconsweetlyc: -

:star: Write three things most people don't know about you:

1) I can only sleep when the temperature outside of my blankets is really cold - otherwise I overheat because I can't sleep without being wrapped up in a cocoon.
2) I hate sauerkraut.
3) I'm afraid of flying / airplanes.

:star: From these options, which one are you most likely to do in the situation

1) You friend has hurt themselves, what do you do?
:bulletred: Do nothing, they can sort themselves out [ ]
:bulletred: Give a pat on the back for reassurance [ ]
:bulletgreen: Run to get help [X]
:bulletred: WE NEED AN AMBULANCE, SHE JUST BROKE A NAIL!! [ ]

2) Someone you love has just came out to you about their sexuality, how do you respond?
:bulletred: EW THAT'S DISGUSTING!! [ ]
:bulletred: You feel a little weird but are excepting [ ]
:bulletred: You support them enough to keep your friendship alive [ ]
:bulletgreen: You are totally and utterly fine with that and you will still love them unconditionally [X]

3) Your school is having a disco and you have been having a bad week, but everyone keeps pressuring you to go. What do you do?
:bulletred: Who said you never wanted to go in this question? [ ]
:bulletred: Give in straight away [ ]
:bulletred: Try to ignore it for as long as possible [ ]
:bulletgreen: It doesn't faze me really, it's not their life to worry about [X]

4) Your friend wants you to skip class with him/her, what do you do?
:bulletred: Yeah! School is for chums this is going to be so much fun!! [ ]
:bulletred: Meh, might as well I can always catch up on what I've missed next lesson [ ]
:bulletgreen: Nah, what ever you have planned can always be done after school [X]
:bulletred: Get stuffed mate, I want to succeed in life!! [ ]

:star: Give your opinion on the statements below:

1) Vegetarianism is for Christians only! - This statement is false. Vegetarianism is for anyone.

2) Everyone has the right to feel comfortable in their environment! - Correct.

3) The UK is seriously messed up!! (if your not in the UK, use your on country) - I'm in the United States, and things are always a little screwy around here. People have something new to debate about every day.

4) Sports are violent and unnecessary! - Nope. They just aren't for everyone like myself, but they can provide an excellent source of exercise and teach some life lessons like being goal oriented.

:star: Tagged People: (you can tag as many people as you want)

:bulletred: I tag whoever wants to do this because I'm too lazy to tag people. :B


TAG #2


Tagged by :iconpikachuslayer1: -

:star: THE RULES:
:bulletred: You must post these rules
:bulletred: Each person has to share 10 things about them
:bulletred: Answer the 10 questions asked to you and invent 10 questions the people you tag will have to answer
:bulletred: Choose 10 people and put their icons on your journal
:bulletred: Go to their page and inform them they are tagged (we have mentions now)
:bulletred: Not something like "you are tagged if you read this"
:bulletred: You have to legitimately tag 10 people
:bulletred: No tag-backs
:bulletred: You can't say that you don't do tags
:bulletred: YOU MUST MAKE A JOURNAL ENTRY

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TEN THINGS ABOUT ME

:star: I'm 5'4"
:star: I own a pomeranian named Kyuubi.
:star: I own a maine coon cat named Tenebrae.
:star: I love to wear boots and ballet flats, but not at the same time.
:star: Video Games are my favorite hobby and de-stresser.
:star: I'm the youngest of three children.
:star: My husband and I have been a couple for 11 years. Married for 5 years.
:star: My favorite food is sushi.
:star: I love Disney movies.
:star: For vacation I like to go to theme parks like Busch Gardens or Universal Studios.

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VENUS ANSWERS

1. Are you from England? (I love English people srry) No, I am from the United States. North Carolina to be exact.

2. What's the last anime you watched? The last anime I watched was Attack on Titan.

3. The first? The first anime I ever watched was Unico.

4. Do you watch Doctor Who? (Or even know what it is?(I watch it(I'll stop the hyphening now))) I know about Doctor Who, but I've only seen a few episodes.

5. Peeta or Gale? Gale

6. What do you want for Christmas? Financial security, and for those I love to be happy.

7. Do you believe in Santa-san? I believe that a long time ago there once was a man called Saint Nick who later became known as Santa Clause. I believe he was a good mortal man, and we regularly celebrate that goodness he represented.

8. Pick up the book nearest to you, turn to page 32, and type the 16th sentence. We wish we could unsee, unhear, or undo the following...

9. What's your least favourite Anime? Can't really think of one to be honest... I guess Berserk, but only because I always fall asleep while trying to watch it.

10.Do you like waffles? Yes, yes I do.

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VENUS ASKS:

:star: What was the last thing you ate?
:star: Do you have any siblings?
:star: What is your favorite color?
:star: Do you ever watch TED talks?
:star: What is your dream job?
:star: Who is your number one favorite fictional character?
:star: Did you have a favorite book as a child?
:star: Playstation or xBox?
:star: Do you wear hats?
:star: Do you have a New Year Resolution?


:bulletred: Here's who I tag: Nobody... because I'm a rebel like that. If you want to do this, though, you can. :B I won't stop you. :aww:


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Art Features

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 27, 2013, 8:31 PM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Art Features


:star: The Rules:
* The first 10 people to comment on this journal will be featured, and I will pick the three deviations I like most from their gallery and add them to the list below!
* If you comment, you have to do the same in your journal, putting the tagger (me) in the first spot.
* The idea of this is not to get a free feature, but to spread art around for everyone!

01. :iconyuriihime: - Yuriihime
She's Odd with Beauty by Yuriihime She's The Goddess OF Death and Recreation by Yuriihime +Zeina+ by Yuriihime

02. :iconganbatte526: - Ganbatte526
Why do I feel this way? by Ganbatte526 Circus Xion by Ganbatte526 96Neko by Ganbatte526

03. :iconrandomsilentninja: - RandomSilentNinja
Gin Ichimaru by RandomSilentNinja Commission by RandomSilentNinja Dawn Grand Festival Dress by RandomSilentNinja

04. :iconmachineking18: - MachineKing18
Sunset Reflection by MachineKing18 Soaring Firebird by MachineKing18 Baby Dragon Cloud by MachineKing18

05. :iconemarazzla: - Emarazzla
SS: Acid-Dripped-Stars by Emarazzla S u p e r   S e c r e t    N i n j a  Gift: Mikaru by Emarazzla Super secret ninja gift: Evarose271 by Emarazzla

06. :iconhotaruthodt: - HotaruThodt
- Threnody - by HotaruThodt An End Beyond Compare... by HotaruThodt - It's Not Enough - by HotaruThodt

07. :iconlunaxtwilitxgoddess: - LunaXTwilitXGoddess
Sera Myu's Sailor Nemesis, colored by LunaXTwilitXGoddess Senshi Cosplay by LunaXTwilitXGoddess Sailor Sun OC by LunaXTwilitXGoddess

08. :icongxfan537: - gxfan537
Princess Madrona by gxfan537 Princess Angela by gxfan537 Prince Federico Lamison's Parents and Sister by gxfan537

09. :iconankewehner: - ankewehner
Klandagi for Wolfcatt by ankewehner Bunny Dragon by ankewehner Hippofae by ankewehner

10. OPEN


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